Each week before Cheltenham, we spotlight horses that might be in attendance to make their case for a chance at one of the Festival’s 28 races in mid-March.
Warwick leads the way in an informative weekend
With the Agetur UK Ltd Classic Handicap Chase ably backed by a Pertemps Network Handicap Hurdle Qualifier, Ballymore Leamington Novices ‘Hurdle and the Wigley Group Hampton Novices’ Chase, there is bound to be the odd Cheltenham pointer on display at Warwick this Saturday.
There’s the added incentive of a £ 25,000 bonus offered for any horse able to win the Hampton and follow one of the premier rookie events at the Festival in March, and undoubtedly Paul Nicholls’ connections . Three sub-five will be well aware of what is at stake as the seven-year-old takes the next step in his hunting education.
The champion coach also has 138 Gelino bello entered Leamington.
It will be fascinating to see what ends up being declared for the Pertemps Qualifier as Gordon Elliott – who has Mr. Fred Rogers in Leamington – is obviously keen to get a seer in terms of BHA ratings ahead of Cheltenham, having entered no less than nine horses for the race. They include the former final winner Sire Du Berlais and Great king, last seen conducting a first year over Christmas.
at Ronan McNally the jam man is another possible from Ireland, while Sporty jeans, Third wind and Colonial dreams of the Nicky Henderson shipyard are also drawing attention.
Pennant of the Flames of the Festival envy?
There’s a tasty septet online for Saturday’s Coral Silviniaco Conti Chase in Kempton, including one from Venetia Williams. Estruval Pennant which, among other things, could take another shot at Allaho and co in the Ryanair Chase.
He was not placed last year but is now a year older and won as an improved animal in a Newbury Handicap last time around.
No-show of King George mister fisherman returns to what appears to be its optimal path (extended 2m4f) and the run also contains Dashel Drasher, Threshold Challenge, Eldorado Allen, Master Tommytucker and Bright red.
The precious Coral Lanzarote Handicap Hurdle is one of the big betting races of the day and 2018 winner William Henry won the Coral Cup the following season. He was trained by Henderson, who could run the rock of Mary (one of the four entries for the stable) this weekend.
The trained by Emmet Mullins Winter fog is another horse to note once the statements are made Thursday morning.
Dusart the ball
Hurdle races may have already been scrapped, but the show continues over the fences at Leicester on Wednesday and Dusart is the obvious draw in the Pertemps network novice hunt.
Two rivals, Barnividdaun and Sail Away, are both rated 135, which theoretically should keep him honest, but it seems like a perfect launching pad for Henderson’s seven-year-old boy as he embarks on a hunting career. . He was nibbled in 25/1 with Paddy Power and Betfair for the Turners Novices’ Chase at Cheltenham ahead of this comeback.
Hopes have been high for Simonsig’s brother from the very start and although he has only appeared twice on hurdles all last season, he brings freshman form to the table after finishing third behind Belfast Banter and Do Your Job (Third Time Lucki back in fourth) in Aintree’s Top Novices’ Hurdle last April.
The Twiston-Davies-formed Nigel Zambella – 10/1 typically for Mrs Paddy Power Mares ‘Chase at Cheltenham – seems to give weight and a beating to her three Listed rivals in the Pertemps Network Mares’ Chase on the same Leicester card.
Potential National Hunt Chase Challenger Sidi Ishmael goes for David Pipe in Vickers.Bet North Yorkshire Grand National Handicap Chase in Catterick, when there might be a weird clue about Huntingdon’s Friday schedule, mainly the four-year-old eye-catchers Parliament Hill, Rewired and Silver shade in the Fen Juvenile Hurdle.
The early bird catches the One
Colin Tizzard Jpr A watched the star attraction earlier in the week as he returned on his way to victory in Monday’s two-mile, three-stadium novice hurdle at Taunton (see replay below).
Already ranked 131 before this event after a first victory (12/1) at Exeter and a narrow loss at the hands of Datsalrightgino at the Cheltenham international meeting in December, this third round on the wood will see him qualified for some potential handicap assignments. as the season heats up.
Although the way he emerged from the sprint may guarantee that he will also receive entries for the Sky Bet Supreme and the Ballymore Novices’ Hurdle in a few weeks.
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An eight-race program at Doncaster takes center stage on Tuesday, including the winner of the Henderson-trained Warwick bumper Russian ruler ready to debut over obstacles in 2.15.
The Seven Barrows squad will also have high hopes for Joe Donnely’s squad. Town chief in the Betting Better With Sky Bet Maiden Hurdle at 1.05, while the Sky Bet Novices’ Limited Handicap Chase could be a decent run of this type with Our power and The Golden Rebel direct the weights.
High noon is closing time on Tuesday
Other major Festival registrations were made this week, with the Unibet Champion Hurdle and the Paddy Power Stayers’ Hurdle, both closing at noon on Tuesday.
On top of that and away from Cheltenham briefly though far from unrelated, entries for Newbury’s Betfair Hurdle – held on Saturday 10 February – are also due to be finalized by noon on Tuesday.
The Betfair Hurdle has often proven to be an important indicator of the Festival and while last year’s winner Soaring Glory was unable to make an impact in the Sky Bet Supreme, other novices Recently winners of Newbury, Get Me Out Of Here, Recession Proof, My Tent Ou Yours and Kalashnikov all performed very well in Cheltenham’s opener.
Keep an eye out for the aforementioned Jpr One and the recent Tolworth Novices’ Hurdle finalist Jetoile among the entries for Betfair.
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